An unforeseen glitch has assailed my online storytelling.
Though I hold the copyright to my work, the rights of it are leased to the publisher.
David C Cook has the rights (and this will include audio and video) to The Clear Light of Day, and Lion Hudson has the rights to A Day and a Life.
The Clear Light of Day was published (the David C Cook edition) in 2008, and A Day and a Life in 2015, since when neither publisher has chosen to take up their rights to produce an audio or video version of either book.
During the time of coronavirus many writers have been reading their work online to cheer up people confined at home — not for money, just to make life better.
It does, of course, benefit the publisher of the work, since all publishers have been feeling the cold wind of coronavirus times, and people who enjoy what they have heard are more likely to buy a copy of it than are people who have never come across it.
Thus, in my naivety, I thought it would be just fine to read my stories to you online. I wasn't making money out of it — it was just nice. Had you decided to buy a copy of the story because you enjoyed it, well, 75% of the purchase price would go straight into the publisher's pocket. Having no audio or video version of their own to see, you'd have thought they'd be pleased, would you not?
However, today I heard (via my husband; they did not trouble to contact me directly) from Lion Hudson that they have a problem with my reading you my story without their permission.
That being the case, we are seeking permission for the videos to be left up for you to enjoy, but in the meantime I have sadly felt I must take them down. If you were halfway through the story, I am so sorry. If Lion Hudson decide they are willing to allow you to hear it, I'll put the videos back where they were.
Having realised the problem existed, I wrote to David C Cook to ask if it was okay for me to continue with The Clear Light of Day — explaining that I am making no money out of this, it's just for people's happiness and enjoyment. The lady at David C Cook got back to me very quickly, and said she would check and let me know. I'm sure she will — she is a most helpful and dependable person. Just for the moment I have left up The Clear Light of Day videos, while I wait for a response (so, catch up quick if you are two or three instalments behind), but I may have to remove them if David C Cook decide not to give their permission.
If permission is withheld, I'll see if I can get the rights back since neither publisher has chosen to take them up — but they may not agree, I'll just have to see.
And that, friends, is why you have no video with an instalment of the story today.
If David C Cook come back to me saying it's okay to go ahead, then I'll record the next bit of the story for you as soon as I hear from them.
I am so sorry to disappoint you.
If they say no, I do have a book of short stories that's gone out of print. I'll read you that.